Sveiki užsukę / Welcome

Sveiki užsukę į mano tinklaraštį! Džiaugiuosi, kad turiu skaitytojų, kurie neabejingi veltinio kerams:) Tikiuosi čia rastos pamokėlės ir idėjos įkvėps ir Jus pačias išbandyti vėlimą, natūraliais rankdarbiais sušildyti savo šeimą. Jei naudositės mano pamokėlėmis gamindamos rankdarbius pardavimui - prašau prie savo parduodamo kūrinio įdėti tiesioginę nuorodą į mano pamokėlę, o pasisėmusios idėjų iš mano sukurtų rankdarbių, paminėti tos idėjos šaltinį, t.y. šį tinklaraštį.
Smagaus vėlimo!

2012 m. gruodžio 12 d., trečiadienis

2012 m. lapkričio 23 d., penktadienis

Rubber soles for felted boots

Traditional felted boots (valenki) can be worn in the frosty winter without any additional soles on the clean white snow. Usually they are thick and extremly warm.

In our wet Winters this way wouldn't be very good. So I started to make felted clogs and booties with the rubber soles for outdoors wearing. I was looking for best solutions and found out, that soles for felted boots should have a high edges. Such edges are necessary for two reasons:
1. wool felt is not so stable like for example a leather or sheepskin, so it should be put in a deeper sole in order not to lose the shape;
2. felted boots should be stitched to the soles, glueing is not enough as felt can peel off while wearing together with the soles and glue.

I do not put any insoles, but shoemaker, who adds soles to my felted boots, puts necessary underlays between the soles and the felted shoe. So the feet touches only natural wool felt, like in felted house clogs. But shoes also they can be worn outside thanks to a high, water and cold resistant soles.

You can find rubber soles and other shoemaking materials for yor own projects in my Etsy shop with a section of supplies for shoemaking

2012 m. lapkričio 16 d., penktadienis

Mix & match

Wool felted clogs = cozy house shoes

Felt clogs + woolen leg warmers = super warm house shoes

Felt clogs + woolen leg warmers + rubber soles = felted winter boots

All items are made of organic eco friendly wool and yarn, which were not chemically treated, undyed. Real pleasure to the feet! Every item is made by hands (except of a rubber soles, I left this job for shoemakers).

So now - the feet are warm, and the sheep are intact:)

If you would like to mix & match by yourself  visit my Etsy shop

2012 m. lapkričio 13 d., antradienis

Прощай молодость

Pamenate tokius batus "Прощай молодость" ?:) Aš turiu! 
Aplankiusi nemažai batsiuvių, pagaliau radau bendrą kalbą su vienu tikru savo amato meistru. Hm, daugumai pasirodė kad visgi papraščiau yra lipdyti atšokusius padus ir keisti kulniukus, o ne vargti rankomis siūnant padus prie veltinių. Tiesa, padų pasirinkimas mūsuose skurdus, tad kolkas tokie, kokius pasiūlė ir labai tvarkingai prisiuvo mano klumpaitėms batsiuvys. 
Todėl ir pavadinimas toks, na bet... tai tik dar viena iš daugybės mano pradžių :)))

Rubber soles 

2012 m. lapkričio 7 d., trečiadienis

Boiled wool

Boiled wool projects are my new interest. I wanted to make booties with a high top, but the firm wool felt didn't satisfy me. Feltmakers in Lithuania like to use the knitted tops for their felted slippers, here is one I which admire: Onstail by Ramune. Few days ago I was looking for a beautiful warm items for a treasury list and almost all of them were Lithuanian. I don't know if our taste coincides or Lithuanian feltmakers really are the best:) 
So, a thought came to my mind, that I can use knitted boot tops, but before adding them to the clogs, I can felt them. Knit is too loose, but felting makes it soft and wind resistant. I've bought 100% wool yarn of natural colors (made of the same kinds of wool, which I use for my felt clogs):

I remembered a lessonby Liecel Tverli Scully , knitted a big 100% wool leg warmers and tried to felt them in my washing machine, which is automatic and cannot be opened during the process... I will not show what I got out from there at the end of washing :)))... Don't do it, the process of fulling should be under you control! Then I found the tips for boiled wool . I've tried that too:

My husband came out angry from his office looking for the source of the terrible smell... Ok, I dropped the experiments and felted the knits by hand.  While felting, knitted leggings shrink twice. I am satisfied by the results:

The leg warmers appeared to be so comfortable, that I couldn't take them off after taking pictures:) They look nice with the shoes as well as with the clogs, so I decided not to sew them to the clogs, but leave as woolen leg warmers :

2012 m. lapkričio 3 d., šeštadienis

Felted wool boots

There are a several ways to felt the wool. Usually I am using wet felting method - I lay loose wool fibers, wet them and rub. This time I combined this and another method - it is called boiled wool felt. Wool must be knitted and then felted using boiling water. I've added boiled wool tops on my felted clogs and voila, I get slipper-boots!

Felted boots white-blue

Grey felted boots

And me:)

P. S.
While taking photos of these shoes, I was making plans about the soles for outdoor wearing. The reason for this is...:

Do you love sheepskin boots? These are also made of sheep, but those sheep are still alive!

2012 m. spalio 31 d., trečiadienis

Baltic Amber

Today it is the first anniversary of my WoolenClogs shop! I am glad that my  wool felted clogs (mostly made of Lithuanian sheep wool) reached my customers in all over the world:) They were shipped to Europe, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil etc. I wish a warm wearing to all my customers!

I have just finished the second pair of the clogs with Baltic amber. Amber is often titled the “Lithuanian gold” – it is something uniquely Lithuanian. And natural :) I like how it harmonizes with the wool.
White felted clogs with an amber  - we have made them together with my sister Eigile. She is on vacation from her school now. We had a real crafters workshop at my house:)
The brown felted clogs imitate carved wooden clogs. "Carvings" are traditional Lithuanian ornaments.  

2012 m. spalio 27 d., šeštadienis

Žiema ant nosies / Winter is coming soon

The first snow showed up yesterday. Time to prepare for the Winter!

It is very important to keep your feet warm, the best way to do that is to wear organic wool felt shoes . I made them of just sheared and carded rough Lithuanian sheep wool. They are very warm and massages the feet. An ankle of the shoes is knitted from the merino wool (also Lithuanian), which I spinned with my antique spinning wheel 

I've mentioned the first snow - here it is:

Snow covered my rose garden... My kids were making a snowman today:))) Beautiful Winter, but I will miss my roses and warmth. Thinking of that, I have made a wool felt wrist warmers which reminds of a pink rose petals. Batt for these warmers I made with my drum carder. I've mixed pink and white shades of different fibers. 50% softest merino wool, about 40% silk and a bit of ramie and bamboo fibers. Wrist warmers are warm, very thin, light and soft like a rose petals:

Now all my thoughts are going to concentrate on... Upcoming Christmas rush! Like a year ago, I will help Santa Clause to make warm wishes come true:) Here are the first signs - these warm beauties are preparing to fly to Japan: